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Excel 2016: Working with Dates and Times

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Learn tricks and techniques for optimizing the use of dates and times in Excel 2016.

Getting dates and times to show up the way you want in an Excel spreadsheet can be tricky. In this concise course, Excel expert Dennis Taylor shares easy solutions for formatting and calculating dates and times in Excel 2016. Dennis explains what's going on behind the scenes when Excel stores dates and times, and offers tips for entering and formatting data. Next, he demonstrates how to work with dates and times in common Excel functions, and how to calculate data with dates and times. Finally, Dennis explains how to use dates and times with Excel commands, including working with data filters.


  • Welcome
  • Using the exercise files
1. Understanding the Excel Date/Time System
  • Understanding how Excel records and stores dates
  • Understanding how Excel records and stores times
2. Creating Date/Time Entries
  • Looking at standard date/time entries and acceptable alternatives
  • Using instant date and time entry
  • Using TODAY and NOW functions for dynamic date/time entry
  • Using AutoFill to enter date and time series rapidly
3. Formatting Dates and Times
  • Creating standard date/time formats
  • Creating custom date formatting
  • Exploring keystroke shortcuts
  • Formatting time for hours over 24; AutoCalculate adjustments
4. Working with Dates and Times in Functions
  • EOMONTH and EDATE – tabulating end of months and future/past dates
  • DATEDIF – tabulating date differences by year, month, and day
  • WEEKDAY – determining the day of the week
  • WEEKNUM and ISOWEEKNUM – calculating week numbers
  • NETWORKDAYS – calculating working days
  • WORKDAY – calculating ending date
  • DATEVALUE and TIMEVALUE – converting text entries into dates and times
5. Calculating with Dates and Times
  • Calculating date differences with formulas and the DAYS function
  • Calculating time differences within and across days
  • Calculating fiscal years and quarters
  • Calculating the first or last day of the last, current, or future month
  • Calculating holidays: Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Memorial Day, etc.
  • Rounding time calculations to convenient intervals
  • Using times with currency calculations
6. Using Dates/Times with Excel Commands
  • Using special date filters with date data; advanced filter applications
  • Using date/time controls and functions in data validation rules
  • Using Flash Fill or Text to Columns to convert oddly formatted dates into usable data
  • Next steps

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Dennis Taylor

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